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Gambling debt was motive behind Philippines casino attack, not terrorism, police say

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Authorities earlier dismissed the claim of responsibility by ISIS

The Associated Press
Posted: Jun 04, 2017 12:35 AM ET
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2017 12:35 AM ET

The man behind the casino attack in the Philippines that left dozens dead was a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling, police say.

Manila police Chief Oscar Albayalde said Sunday the family confirmed the man’s identity as Jesse Carlos, a former employee of the Finance Department.

Albayalde said the man’s family said he was $80,000 US in debt “due to being hooked in casino gambling.”

He said the family’s account corroborated the belief “this is not an act of terrorism.”

Authorities earlier dismissed the claim of responsibility by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Police in the Philippines say Carlos was a heavily indebted Filipino who was hooked on gambling. (Bullit Marquez/Associated Press)

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